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Participant Information: Athletes With Disabilities

Boston Marathon Athletes With Disabilities Eligibility and Qualifying Standards

2018 BOSTON MARATHON REGISTRATION FOR ATHLETES WITH DISABILITIES

The registration procedure for Athletes with Disabilities (Push Rim Wheelchair, Visually Impaired, Mobility Impaired, Handcycle, and Duo Teams) for the 2018 Boston Marathon opens on Monday, October 16 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

 

ELIGIBILITY

To register and compete in one of the following divisions or programs reserved for athletes with disabilities, the participant must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age on race day.
  • Possess a permanent physical, intellectual/adaptive, or visual disability that impacts the individual’s ability to ambulate. (Athletes with acute injuries or temporary conditions are not eligible for AWD programs).
  • Achieve the marathon qualifying time standard for the respective division/program within the qualifying window on a certified marathon course.
  • Athletes in the Push Rim Wheelchair and Visually Impaired divisions must also:
    • Possess a physical or visual disability from the list of eligible impairment types as defined by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
    • Meet the Minimum Impairment Criteria (MIC) as defined by the World Para Athletics Classification Rules and Regulations (March 2017).

     

    PROOF OF DISABILITY

    At time of registration, athletes who register for an AWD division or program must provide proof of disability through at least ONE of the following methods to be eligible for consideration:

    • The athlete’s name can be found within the World Para Athletics Classification Master List with an eligible to compete status.
    • The athlete’s name can be found in the U.S. Paralympic Classification Master List with an eligible to compete status (U.S. athletes only).
    • Proof of disability for the athlete is currently on file with the B.A.A. and may be reviewed for re-eligibility.
    • The athlete may upload the appropriate medical form (see forms below) completed and signed by the athlete’s physician during registration to the B.A.A. Registration Office.
    • The athlete may fax the appropriate medical form completed and signed by the athlete’s physician to the B.A.A. Registration Office at (508) 435-6590.

    B.A.A. Medical Documentation Form Vision Impairment (PDF)
    B.A.A. Medical Documentation Form Physical Impairment (PDF)

    The B.A.A. reserves the right to request additional information from an athlete to assist with the eligibility review process as needed.

     

    PUSH RIM WHEELCHAIR DIVISION

    The Push Rim Wheelchair Division of the Boston Marathon has a rich tradition of excellence in the form of world, national, and personal best performances. The Push Rim Wheelchair Division follows the rules and guidelines defined by World Para Athletics. Two classes within this division are contested in the Boston Marathon:

    • T51/T52 (Quad) – Partial arm muscle power; no to partial trunk control.
    • T53/T54 (Open) – Normal arm muscle power; partial to normal trunk control.

    Refer to the World Para Athletics Classification Rules and Regulations for the Minimum Impairment Criteria (MIC) and for a more detailed description of each sport class.

    Athletes who wish to compete in this division must achieve or better the following qualifying times for their respective age, gender, and classification:

    CLASS AGE GROUP MEN WOMEN
    T53 and T54 18-39 2hrs 00min 2hrs 25min
    40-49 2hrs 15min 2hrs 40min
    50-Over 2hrs 30min 2hrs 55min
     
    T51 and T52 18-39 2hrs 45min 3hrs 10min
    40-49 3hrs 00min 3hrs 25min
    50-Over 3hrs 15min 3hrs 40min

    Athletes must compete in racing wheelchairs. For safety reasons, no day chairs are permitted on the marathon course.

    Qualifying standards are currently under review and are subject to change for future Boston Marathons.

     

    VISUALLY IMPAIRED DIVISION

    Athletes who wish to compete in the Visually Impaired Division must have reduced or no vision caused by damage to the eye structure, optical nerves or optical pathways, or visual cortex of the brain. The Minimum Impairment Criteria (MIC) for this division is a best correctable visual acuity of less than or equal to LogMAR 1.0 (20/200 or 6/60) or a visual field restricted to less than 40 degrees diameter. Athletes that have visual impairments that are correctable with glasses or contacts are not eligible to compete in the Visually Impaired Division.

    Classifications within the Visually Impaired Division are as follows:

    CLASS PROFILE SNELLEN EQUIVALENT DESCRIPTION
    T11 Visual acuity is poorer than LogMAR 2.60 NA No light perception to some light perception; may be able to make out shadows.
    T12 Visual acuity ranges from LogMAR 1.50 to 2.60 (inclusive), and/or the visual field is constricted to a diameter of less than 10 degrees. 20/630 – 20/7962 (Feet) 6/189 – 6/2389 (Meters) Very poor visual acuity and/or a severely restricted visual field (e.g. tunnel vision).
    T13 Visual acuity ranges from LogMAR 1.40 to 1 (inclusive), and/or the visual field is constricted to a diameter of less than 40 degrees 20/200 – 20/500 (Feet) 6/60 – 6/150 (Meters) Poor visual acuity and/or a restricted visual field.

    • Visual acuity equivalencies were generated using the Snellen to LogMAR Visual Acuity Calculator.
    • The current qualifying standard for all visually impaired athletes (male and female) is a net time equal to or better than 5:00:00 (five hours). Qualifying standards are currently under review and are subject to change for future Boston Marathons.
    • Athletes eligible to compete in the Visually Impaired division will be allowed to run with up to two sighted guides (one at a time) to complete the marathon course. Guide exchange zones are available near the 10k, 20k, and 30k marks. Athlete must attest that each guide can competently complete at least half the marathon distance.

     

    HAND CYCLE PROGRAM

    Athletes who wish to participate in the Handcycle Program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • The athlete must possess a permanent physical disability that impact’s the person’s ability to ambulate.
    • The athlete must have achieved or bettered the qualifying times for men and women in respective age groups and classes as outlined in the Push Rim Wheelchair Division.
    • The handcycle field will be comprised primarily of U.S. veterans disabled in service to their country, and survivors of the 2013 Boston bombing. The field will also include a limited number of up to six (6) randomly selected qualified entrants who do not meet these criteria.

    Able-bodied athletes and athletes with non-physical disabilities are not permitted to participate in the Handcycle Program.

    Qualifying standards specific to the Handcycle Program are currently in development for the future Boston Marathons.

    MOBILITY IMPAIRED PROGRAM (RUNNERS)

    Athletes who wish to participate in the Mobility Impaired Program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • The athlete must possess a permanent physical or intellectual/adaptive disability that impacts the person’s ability to ambulate. (Athletes with acute injuries or temporary conditions are not eligible for this program).
    • The athlete must have achieved or bettered a qualifying time of six hours (6:00:00) on a certified marathon course.
    • For athletes who run with lower leg prosthetics, an extended qualifying time of up to eight hours (8:00:00) will be considered.

    Qualifying standards are currently under review and are subject to change for future Boston Marathons.

    Athletes eligible to participate in the Mobility Impaired Program will be allowed up to two guides (one at a time) to complete the marathon course. Guide exchange zones are available near the 10K, 20K, and 30K marks. The athlete must attest that each guide can competently complete at least half the marathon distance.

     

    DUO TEAMS

    A Duo Team is comprised of an officially registered runner pushing a person with a permanent physical disability in a customized racing wheelchair. Teams wishing to participate in the Duo Team Program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • The Duo Team must have competed together, and achieved the qualifying standard for the able-bodied runner’s age and gender on a certified marathon course within the qualifying window.
    • Only the registered runner may push the customized wheelchair and must wear the official bib number. No relay teams will be accepted.
    • The person being pushed must be 18-years old at the time of the Boston Marathon.
    • The person being pushed must complete a waiver, release, and acknowledgement prior to the race.
    • The person being pushed must wear a helmet and be secured within a customized racing wheelchair throughout the entire race.
    • No chairs with motors, gears, pedals, or cranks are permitted.

    Qualifying standards are currently under review and are subject to change for future Boston Marathons.

     

    MORE INFORMATION

    For more information related to eligibility and qualifying standards for athletes with disabilities, please e-mail athleteswithdisabilities@baa.org.

    All of the information above is subject to change at any time.

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